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Waiting for Baby with Baby Steps

Thank you to Splash Brands for my free Baby Steps scratch off calendar in exchange for this review and giveaway.

The “BabySteps” Scratch-Off Calendar is a beautifully designed wall poster with 236 entertaining facts and tips for parents-to-be. The individual fields are all covered by scratch paint. One new field is scratched off every day.

What a novel idea! At least something I’ve never seen before. I would have loved this during my pregnancy. You can find out cool facts about pregnancy and follow along with your baby’s progress. An expectant mama always needs something to help her along!

I am proud to be giving this away to my friend and neighbor expecting her first baby!

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Fundanoodle Friday: I Can Pound!


Fundanoodle is an education readiness program designed by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers to develop and improve the motor skills needed for success in and out of the classroom.

fundanoodleIt’s been a while since I mentioned Fundanoodle, but you will be seeing a lot more of it since it is taking the educational world by storm! Currently a Junior Ambassador, well on my way to full Ambassador status, I am working hard to introduce this product to teachers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and therapists.

Each Friday, I will highlight one product, beginning with our most popular and best-selling product, I CAN POUND! Here are some of my little friends enjoying their I Can Pound Kit. Visit my Fundanoodle site and look forward to next Friday’s highlighted product. And while you’re there, say hello to our mascots, Max and Alfie!


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Well, hello February! Here in Jacksonville, FL it was 79 degrees today! People were actually talking about how hot it was. So spoiled.

My family is looking forward to our two visitors on Wednesday…Gappy and Copah…my parents, named by my daughter very early on. The rest of the grandchildren who are 16-23 years older than Emma have always called them Grammy and Grampy. We taught those names to Emma, but somehow, quite true to her individuality and spunk, they came out as Gappy and Copah. And it stuck.

Oldie but a goodie: Gappy and Emma, 2012

Some people might not be happy about their parents spending two weeks in their house, but we are thrilled! My parents are excellent house guests. Copah does the dishes. Gappy takes care of the child. Who could ask for anything more? Wednesday can’t come soon enough!

One week from today we will celebrate Emma’s 4th birthday. Just can’t believe it. She requested a My Little Pony Tea Party and her wish has been granted. You can look forward to lots of pictures of cute little girls and boys at Ashes’ Tea Garden. Should be fun!


Homeschool Population Growth

Homeschool Population Continues To Grow with the Years, Why?


In years past the homeschooling movement was a small group of parents, who according to the public eye, were sheltering their children from the proper means of education. Some even went so far as to say they were neglecting their child or children. You were most likely to find a kitchen table full of kids learning middle school math on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Today, though, the story has changed. More and more American parents are choosing the path of home education for their family. In 1999, it was reported by USA Today that the number of homeschooling families was a mere 850,000. In 2012 this number had more than doubled to 1.77 million families, and just recently the Florida Department of Education reported the largest number of homeschooling families in history – a whopping 84,096.

The US Department of Education says that the homeschool population is growing at a rate of 15 percent per year. So why the sudden increase? Why is the homeschooling movement starting to take off?

Reasons for Homeschooling & Online Tutoring Growth


Today, homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the Nation. Here are some reasons why.

  • Curriculum

The number one factor driving the growth of the home education movement is curriculum. As public and private school systems have begun shifting to a Common Core curriculum many parents have become deterred by the practice of this discredited theory of education.

  • No child left behind

Contrary to common belief, it is not only the disagreement of curriculum used that is driving the growth of the homeschooling movement. Parents that choose to homeschool often do so in an effort to individualize a study plan that best suits the needs of their child. Ultimately, giving the child more of a chance for success.

These are not the only factors that continue to fuel the movement, however, they are the most influential.

For the best home education services, be sure to visit FutureSchool.com.

Thank you to Andrew Burgess with FutureSchool.com for sharing this article with Creative Blog Mom readers.

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Guest Post: Back to School

Please welcome Kathleen Crane, from London, United Kingdom, as my guest today. She’s got some tips on the transition from summer break back to school. Thank you for your contribution, Kathleen.

Back-to-school transitions: organizing tips for parents

Back to school transitions are stressful both for parents and for the children. Children, on one hand, find it difficult to get used to the new routine and to keep track of all the important tasks and parents sometimes feel helpless when it comes to the organization of the school schedule. There are effective ways in which to avoid all the stress caused by these transactions and to focus on helping the kids with the school activities.

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Kids will probably find it difficult to get used to the school routine and I assure you that this is more than normal. Summer vacation is the time when they feel free and ready for new experiences and they will certainly miss that part of the year. Some kids really feel reluctant to start organizing the school issues and that is why parents need to stay supportive and to be acquainted with several valuable tips for back-to-school organization.

Here are some great suggestions from Tottenham FastHomeCleaning to start with:

Make Sure That Kids Stay Positive

Most kids do not demonstrate willingness to start school or to think of some school organization. However, your role as a parent is to discuss this issue with them and to explain them that it is better to stay positive, even when the school starts. School is usually associated with getting up early, writing of homeworks and other tiresome activities and for that reason kids will certainly feel a huge change when the end of the summer comes. Almost every kid has a hard time when the school begins but when you support them, you won’t meet difficulties in organizing the tasks in a perfect way.

Check Out The School Supplies

This is one of the first things to do before the school year starts. Basic materials such as papers, school bags, pens and notebooks are certainly supplies that your child will need. It is better to get these things before the year starts and to make sure that they will be at child’s disposal whenever he or she needs them.

Time For Cleaning? Why Not?

You may think that cleaning has nothing to do with the school organization but the truth is that it plays an essential role, especially when it comes to children’s room. Encourage the kids to help you with the cleaning and organize all the school items. Throw away the unnecessary stuff and arrange the rest of the things by sorting them in an excellent way. Let the child organize the stuff in his or her own way so that they could be easily found, whenever they need them.

Make The Transition Smooth

Remember that the transition from vacation to school can be a bit stressful for the kids and that they need to find their own way back to it. The best tactic is not to push them to start with the organization but to prepare them for the change in the best possible way.

Make a Plan

Planning of the basic tasks will help you to focus on the organizing and not to miss some essential moments. Consider every change that will occur when school starts, and write it down on your list. Involve the children in the organizing and do not forget to make this experience funny for both of you. Cleaning and organizing is not boring, as long as you are charged up with the right mood and ideas.

Keep in mind this useful guide for back-to-school transitions and you won’t meet difficulties in facing this tiny challenge. Encourage the kids to stay positive about the new school year that will offer them a lot of unforgettable moments.